Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Dedication to Diversity and Justice Award

The Environment, Energy, and Resources Dedication to Diversity and Justice Award recognizes and honors the accomplishments of a person, entities, or organizations that have made significant accomplishments or demonstrated recognized leadership in the areas of environmental justice and/or a commitment to gender, racial, and ethnic diversity in the environment, energy, and natural resources legal area. Accomplishments in promoting access to environment, energy, and resources rule of law and to justice may also be recognized through this award. 

Complete the simple nomination form by May 31, 2020 to submit a nomination. Please refer to the competition's official rules if you have any questions.

How do I nominate someone for this award?

A nomination for 2020 SEER awards can be submitted using the form linked above.

Who is eligible for this award?

Nominees should be lawyers or a law-related entity or organizations that have made significant accomplishments or demonstrated recognized leadership in the areas of environmental justice and/or a commitment to gender, racial, and ethnic diversity in the environment, energy, and natural resources legal area. Accomplishments in promoting access to environment/energy/resources rule of law and to justice can also be recognized via this award. The recipient need not be a member of the ABA or a member of the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources or any other ABA Section. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Current Section Council members, officers, and ABA staff of the Section are not eligible for the award.

What is the award process?

Nominations will be made through an online survey system. You will provide brief information about your nominee. The Section's awards committee will review your nomination and let you know if they need additinal information. Once the nomination period closes, the Awards Committee will review all nominations and make a recommendation to the Section's Council for its final approval. You will be notified either way if your nominee was selected.

When are the awards bestowed?

The 2020 awards will be bestowed at the 28th Fall Conference, October 7-10, 2020 in Nashville.

Past recipients of this award

2019:

  • Individual Award Recipient: Eileen Gauna, Emeritus Professor of Law, The University of New Mexico

2018

  • Individual Award Recipient: John E. Echohawk, Executive Director, Native American Rights Fund
  • Individual Award Recipient: Leslie G. Fields, Director, Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships, Sierra Club

2017: The award was not bestowed in 2017.

2016: The award was not bestowed in 2016.

2015:

  • Individual Award Recipients (For Environment and Energy Justice):  Professor Benjamin K. Sovacool, Vermont Law School
  • Organizational Award Recipient (For Diversity):  Exelon Legal

2014: The award  was not bestowed in 2014.

2013:

  • Individual Award Recipients: Quentin Pair, Nicholas W. Targ, and Benjamin F. Wilson
  • Organization Award Recipient: Golden Gate University School of Law Environmental Law and Justice Clinic